Cheddar reservoir was constructed in the 1930s to make better use of the water from the springs in Cheddar Gorge, which had first been used as a source in 1922. The lake has a capacity of 6 million cubic metres (1,350 million gallons). Some of the water from the reservoir is pumped to Bristol for treatment at our Barrow Treatment works, with the rest being treated at our Cheddar works to supply the surrounding area.
Whilst the path and road around Cheddar Reservoir is not a Public Footpath, we do permit access for people to walk the perimeter. We ask that dogs are kept on a lead and that all rubbish and dog waste is taken from the site. The eastern half of the reservoir, the part that runs to the sailing club, is hard standing. The other half is gravel based.
***The permissive footpath and bridleway around Cheddar Reservoir will be closed for one day on Christmas Day.***
For reasons of safety, security and conservation, we do not allow swimming, kayaking or canoeing on any of our lakes and reservoirs. To see a short video on the dangers of swimming in open water, click here.
Cheddar Reservoir Fishing
The fishing at Cheddar is leased to the Cheddar Angling Club which also fishes at the clay pits situated below the reservoir. For more information, please visit their website:
Cheddar Reservoir Sailing
Sailing on Cheddar Reservoir is leased to the Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club. To find our more about the club and how to become a member go to their website: